How to Prevent Infestation in Your Car

How to Prevent Infestation in Your Car

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Have you ever experienced a situation whereby there was a cockroach in your car? Despite your best effort in keeping your car interior clean and spotless?

Well, just like our homes, these pests can invade our vehicles either in search of food, shelter, or a suitable place to breed and reproduce. If their presence goes unnoticed and is left unchecked for a long time, the can multiply quickly which can lead to an infestation.

To prevent that from happening, here are some signs of cockroach infestation that you should look out for in your car.

Signs of Infestation in Your Car  

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests that infest homes and cars. They can come into your car in different ways, such as by hiding in a bag or under the hood.

In some cases, they might even make their way into your car through the engine, air conditioner vents, or windows.

There are several signs that indicate there is a cockroach infestation in your car. Some of them include:

  • Cockroaches on seats or dashboard
  •  A musty smell coming from the car
  •  Dead cockroaches on the floor or seats

1. Cockroaches on Seats or Dashboard

Spotting a cockroach on the seat of your car interior or dashboard can be a traumatising experience as the pest is known to flee very quickly, which can make you lose focus on the road.

In fact, there was one incident in Singapore whereby a cockroach sighting in a car caused an elderly woman to lose control of the wheel, causing her car to crash into the base of an overhead bridge staircase.

2. A Musty Smell Coming from the Car

Not only are cockroaches capable of fleeing very quickly, but they also produce a musty, oily smell. This will only become detectable when you allow a cockroach colony to thrive in your car over long periods. So, the longer you leave them in your car unchecked, the more pungent this scent will become.

And cockroaches smell bad due to their pheromones, death stench, and the unsanitary environments they live in. Plus, they use chemical scents to communicate where food, mates, water, and shelter can be found in abundance. They also release a death stench that warns other cockroaches to stay away from danger.

3. Dead Cockroaches on the Floor or Seats

Finding dead cockroaches on the floor or seats of your car can be quite an unpleasant experience, especially if you don’t know what’s causing this problem. However, this occurs when a cockroach colony reach the end of their lifespan. If you find a dead one in your car, you should know that there are likely many more alive, hiding somewhere.

In addition, when cockroaches die, they release a chemical known as oleic acid, which has a mouldy smell that other living cockroaches are attracted to. The live ones can smell this odour from afar. When they detect the smell, they will come looking for their dead counterpart.

If you happen to notice any of these signs in your car, you will need to be proactive in keeping them out of your car. Here are some tips to protect your car from a cockroach infestation:

1. Clean your Car Regularly

Cleaning your car interior often helps in keeping pests out because you might have food crumbs and residue on the seats as well as on the car mats and floors. Fumigating your car regularly is also a great habit to keep pests out.

2. Avoid Eating in the Car

Eating in the car is much more comfortable these days but it’s not a good habit if you want to keep cockroaches out of your car. Therefore, you should avoid eating in the car and remove any food containers or coffee cups whenever you’re leaving the car.

3. Remove your Unwanted Items

We all know what it’s like to have everything in the car but some items like your food receipts, boxes from the grocery store can be a great place for cockroaches to breed and multiply. The same goes for the trunk of your car.

4. Close the Windows and Door Properly

When you leave your car, make sure to close the windows and door properly so that other pests like mosquitoes or cockroaches cannot enter the vehicle. Avoid parking your car near the trash and garbage cans as rodents and cockroaches tend to approach.

If the situation gets out of hand and the cockroach infestation is growing at an alarming rate, you should consider a car fumigation service in Singapore.

After all, seeking professional help with a cockroach infestation in your car is the best solution because they have the right equipment and fumigation products; they have the experience; they provide good service delivery, and the service is value for your money.

Car Fumigation 

Like a household pest fumigation that is reserved for homes, car fumigation involves the use of an invasive procedure to eliminate pests in your car by use of anti-pest fumigants that effectively target flies, fleas, cockroaches, insects, and termites.

It’s the most effective way of dealing with a cockroach infestation in your car but this will render your vehicle unusable for several hours.

Car Interior Steam Cleaning  

Alternatively, you can opt for a car interior steam cleaning to further prevent infestation in your car. This is because steam is a powerful hygienic agent for cleaning and disinfecting. All the dirt, grease, muck, bacteria, and other pathogens are swiftly eliminated from your car’s interior with steam.

With a professional car fumigation service, the use of powerful steam emission at high temperatures, jet-speed nozzles, and heated cleaning cloths will surely eliminate traces of bacteria, fibre-deep.

In conclusion, giving your car interior a quick spray with the water hose is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. You should instead get your car professionally fumigated at Lambency Detailing.

Get your Car Professionally Fumigated at Lambency Detailing  

Sending your car for regular fumigation is your best bet at keeping pests at bay. If you’re looking for professional car interior grooming in Singapore, Lambency Detailing is a one-stop automotive centre for all your car needs.

We offer comprehensive car interior cleaning services that use only 100% genuine SONAX products from Germany to ensure the quality of your car’s surface.

Find out more about Lambency Detailing’s different products and services here. Book an appointment with us to get your car interior detailing now! WhatsApp: (65) 9658 5808 Email: lambency@quantum-globe.com

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